Tribute paid as well-loved Saffa's Delight shop owner Grant Hughes dies, aged 48
Tribute has been paid to a well-loved shopkeeper who wanted to bring the South African community together and introduce its food to everyone.
Grant Hughes, 48, who ran specialist South African shop Saffa's Delight, in Bury St Edmunds, died on January 16.
He had travelled to South Africa to see a surgeon about ongoing health issues, however suffered a pulmonary embolism and died peacefully in his sleep.
His wife Nadine and children Keagan, 18, and Caitlin, 14, travelled to South Africa for his funeral, returning home on Friday to hold a farewell for Grant at the Chamberlayne Road shop on Saturday.
Describing Grant as having 'infinite patience', Nadine said the well-attended farewell had been a fitting tribute to keen photographer and rugby-lover Grant, with many wearing rugby tops in his honour.
"So many people have said they came in the shop for advice or just to talk– they’ve told us talking to Grant always made them feel better if they were having a bad day," said Nadine.
"He had so many friends and everybody loved him."
Nadine thanked friends, family and customers for the support they had received following Grant's death.
"It has been overwhelming, bearing in mind a lot of those people we didn’t know a year and a bit ago," she said.
Saffa’s Delight opened in October 2017 after Grant spent a period in hospital craving the tastes of his home country.
Customers have since travelled to the shop from all over the country, with its 'bunny chow' food days particularly popular.
Nadine is currently undecided about Saffa's Delight's long-term future, however the shop is still open every Saturday.
"Grant made some very good friends here who don't want to see it go," she said. "Things were looking up this year and we had so much planned for it."
A bunny chow – a hollowed out half loaf of bread filled with curry – day is being held at the shop tomorrow. Book until 5pm today at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bunny-chow-day-tickets-56360584024?aff=ebdssbdestsearch